Causes and consequences of adolescent dating violence: a systematic review


  • STELLA REGINA TAQUETTE Department of Pediatrics, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • DENISE LEITE MAIA MONTEIRO Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



dating violence, gender, adolescence, exposure to violence



Background: Adolescent dating violence (ADV) is highly prevalent and can have serious health consequences, including homicides, and be a predictor of intimate partner violence in adulthood. This review aims to systematize the knowledge produced in recent empirical investigations in health that focus on the causes and consequences of ADV to subsidize new research and prevention programs.

Methods: Review of studies published in PubMed over the last five years through MeSH Database: “Intimate Partner Violence” AND “Adolescent” NOT “prevention and control” NOT “Adult”.

Results: We analyzed 35 papers, of which 71.4% were developed in the USA. Some studies have shown prevalence greater than 50% in both genders, both as victims and perpetrators, with more serious consequences for females. Three main thematic cores were identified in the studies: ADV-related vulnerabilities, circularity of violence and ADV-associated health problems. Data indicate that ADV is deep-seated in the patriarchal culture and is more frequent in connection with racism, heterosexism and poverty. It occurs in a circular way and is linked to other forms of violence in different contexts (family, school, community and social media). It is associated with health problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, alcohol and drugs abuse and unprotected sex.

Conclusions: The knowledge produced in the studies reviewed reveals the urgency and importance of implementing early preventive actions in schools, involving families and the community. These should focus on the deconstruction of current cultural gender patterns, based on their historical origin, in order to support emancipatory and liberating pedagogical approaches.




How to Cite

TAQUETTE, S. R., & MONTEIRO, D. L. M. (2019). Causes and consequences of adolescent dating violence: a systematic review. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, 11(2), 137–147.



Review Article